This poem by Allen Grossman struck me in a considerable number of ways. I especially noted the use of "it is as when", a figure that always reminds me of Dante. I don't think there is a taboo on such similes in contemporary poetry in English, but they are quite rare.
There's also the "just as ... so" form that appears in Dante, and is also rare in English-language poetry these days.
But I should also add that I just think Grossman's poem is beautiful.